I have had one in every garden I've ever had. It's one of those plants that gives, what the garden experts say, 'year-round interest'!
In February it starts making buds that get longer and longer through March...
...until they are fit to burst in April. It is a prolific flowerer.
It looked stunning against yesterday's blue sky.
The flowers, when they open, are so delicate.
It always seems that they get blown away immediately and the garden looks like it's been snowed upon. Through the summer, it is dressed from top to bottom in perfect oval leaves which, come the autumn, turn to all shades of red. It is then full of small black berries that are loved by the birds, especially blackbirds, who greedily eat them.
I've had this one for 8 years now and it is a lovely height without being overbearing. My perfect shrub.